2016 NBA Draft Recap: Reaction and Analysis
Brett Squires

Knicks have a very high interest in signing center Joakim Noah.

The Knicks already have a center who can protect the rim and shoot threes in Kristaps Porzingis and signing a center who will force Porzingis to play power forward and Carmelo Anthony to play small forward is a huge blunder considering the Knicks have no shooting guard and zero depth. Noah would be a good fit in the offense and in the locker room, but both he and the Knicks would probably be better off if he signs someplace else.
6 hours ago

Bulls are testing the trade market for Taj Gibson.

Gibson is a great first player off the bench but all the injuries to the Bulls front court last year saw him start 55 of the 73 games in which he appeared. Despite starting the second most games of his career, Gibson averaged a three year low of 8.6 points per game. Any team looking to trade for Gibson would likely be looking to bolster their bench than their starting five.
8 hours ago

Joakim Noah told reporters that he isn't interested in re-signing with the Bulls.

Behind Hassan Whiteside and Dwight Howard, Noah is another top center on the market this summer and it would be a huge shock if he returns to the Bulls. With one of his favorite teammates in Derrick Rose onto New York and with Robin Lopez coming in, Noah would be sharing playing time with Lopez and Pau Gasol. Already with a bit of a diminished role last season, Noah -- the heart and soul of the Bulls -- will almost certainly be moving onto a better destination himself. There is a very good chance he ends up with the Knicks if New York's pursuit of Howard comes up dry.
16 hours ago

Jeremy Lin said he is open to re-joining the Knicks this offseason.

Lin became an overnight sensation four years ago with the Knicks which started the short-lived "Linsanity." While a reunion would be a nice story, it would be a big stretch considering the Knicks' recent trade for Derrick Rose and Lin's hopes to be a starter. However, Lin is much better suited to be a backup and would be a solid option in New York, especially behind the oft-injured Rose. "It's not looking likely because they just traded for Derrick Rose," Lin said, via ESPN. "But I will say that ever since I left, I've always been open to going back and I still am. Never say never, that's the one thing in the NBA, never say never. So I've always been open but right now, I'm not sure if it's the best timing. But if it happens, it happens."
18 hours ago

Ben Simmons told reporters he is excited to get back on the court with Joel Embiid.

Philadelphia finally has a big reason to be excited about their Sixers. Simmons has all of the potential in the world to win Rookie of the Year and become a multi-time All-Star and eventually a superstar in this league. And if Embiid can stay healthy and capitalize on his immense potential, the pair could end up becoming one of the better big men duos in the NBA. Simmons can get to the bucket and finish with both hands at the rim while Embiid's offensive skills are very raw, but he can clean up misses with rebounding in addition to controlling the paint on the defensive side.
18 hours ago

Hassan Whiteside plans on making his free-agency decision on July 1.

Despite plenty of weaknesses, Whiteside's superior defense and rebounding has made him one of the hottest free agents in Summer '16. It seems like the Heat and the Lakers are the top potential landing spots for the big man, who averaged 14.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game in 2015-16. Whiteside, who is also being courted by the Mavericks, Blazers and Warriors among others, is excited to be one of the top five free agents this summer. "I find it flattering, because in my past, I was trying to call those teams and now it's the other way around," said Whiteside. "It's a flattering experience and I'm thankful for this opportunity."
18 hours ago

Henry Sims will play for the Nets' Summer League team.

While it remains to be seen if Henry Sims will sign with the Nets this off-season, he will play for their summer team. Sims appeared in 14 games with the team last year with 6.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in just under 19 minutes per game. With teams searching for depth at center, Sims could be in line for a job next season as long as he performs well this summer.
19 hours ago

Bucks GM John Hammond said that Giannis Antetokounmpo will be "one of the team's primary ball-handlers" this season, but he's unlikely to defend opposing point guards.

Not only is Giannis Antetokounmpo transitioning to point guard for the Bucks, but he is playing the role for Greece in international play. With Milwaukee looking to put the game in Antetokounmpo's hands, he will need to learn how to run the point moving forward. The team has intimated their talented player will not guard the other team's point guard initially. Last year, Antetokounmpo averaged 16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.
19 hours ago

The Memphis Grizzlies have claimed guard Tony Wroten off waivers.

Wroten was waived by the Knicks earlier in the week, after they needed to make room on the roster for the Derrick Rose trade to go through. The Grizzlies decided they wanted to give Wroten a look, so they'll pick up the 23-year-old guard. With Mike Conley headed to free agency, Wroten is an insurance option in the backcourt, but likely won't see significant minutes once the regular season rolls around.
23 hours ago

DeMar DeRozan is so focused on working out a new contract with the Toronto Raptors that he does not plan on scheduling meetings with any other teams, at least at the start of free agency.

The Raptors and their fans have been very good to DeRozan despite he and Lowry's postseason struggles. If the Raptors do not offer him a max deal though, he will begin scheduling with other teams. But the fact that he is remaining loyal to Toronto means he really wants to be back. The ball is in Toronto's court and they know it's basically max deal or nothing. DeRozan averaged 23.5 PPG/ 4.0 APG/ 4.5 RPG. But in the postseason, his FG% dropped from 45% to an inefficient 39%. The playoffs have given DeRozan struggles in the past but he has still played well despite efficiency problems.
1 day ago
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